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Play It to the Bone

Play It to the Bone (1999)

tomatometer

12

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 78
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 69

Flat characters and uninspired comedy yield forgettable results.

17

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 20

Flat characters and uninspired comedy yield forgettable results.

audience

27

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 10,273

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Movie Info

After covering baseball in Bull Durham, basketball in White Men Can't Jump. and golf in Tin Cup, writer, director, and obvious sports fan Ron Shelton takes on the world of boxing in this comedy. Vince Boudreau (Woody Harrelson) and Cesar Sota (Antonio Banderas) are close friends and aspiring boxers struggling on the lowest rungs of the fight game. When a major boxing promoter needs to fill out the card for a heavyweight bout in Las Vegas, Vince and Cesar both get the call to head out to Sin

R,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Ron Shelton

Aug 28, 2001

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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (69) | DVD (8)

This is still Ron Shelton in good -- not great, but good -- form here, and the rewards are plentiful.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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Lacks the pizazz of Shelton's best stuff.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Play It to the Bone isn't going to be a contender.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Doesn't have enough of a boxing story to occupy the running time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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By the end, the fight means everything to them and virtually nothing to us.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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...Shelton's second-best idea for a boxing movie.

August 28, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Instead of a sharp satire of a subject ripe for parody--professional boxing--we get a tedious, unfunny road movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The first truly excruciating moviegoing experience of the new century.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Weekly

Far-fetched.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A raunchy, infrequently funny, contrived, gruesome and ultimately preposterous peek inside the world of professional boxing.

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Play it to the Bone is a punch-drunk lightweight.

January 1, 2000
Charlotte Observer

The film's slowly emerging weakness -- the thinness of the characters, particularly Harrelson's -- becomes apparent to the point of distraction.

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A dull, predictable and painfully unfunny comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

The completely predicable conclusion seems like it will never end.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Underwritten.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Suffers from a meandering, anemic screenplay and ungainly structure.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

You go in hoping for a knockout, and all you get is a draw.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Man, Ron Shelton sure loves sports, doesn't he?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Merely a double dose of the old "Rocky" formula, which even Stallone seems to realize has become hopelessly passe.

January 1, 2000
One Guy's Opinion

A dud.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
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Audience Reviews for Play It to the Bone

Awful, unfunny comedy and not good drama that just make you lost time and an opportunity of watch a really great film. Rotten.
February 10, 2012
Lucas Martins

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really fun flick to watch if you wanna see something brainless but entertaining
November 23, 2007
sanjurosamurai
danny d

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I didn't despise it but I didn't give it another thought until I typed this up.
December 5, 2006
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

Great!
December 25, 2007
iLeo
Leo L

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